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A couple of days ago, when discussing the Government’s ‘road map’ for lifting the current lockdown, the Prime Minister made some very interesting comments about vaccine passports.
As regards domestic use for accessing venues like theatres, there is deep reticence in Government and beyond. Prime Minister Johnson had this to say to Sky News,
“This is an area where we’re looking at a novelty for our country. We haven’t had stuff like this before, we’ve never thought in terms of having something that you have to show to go to a pub or theatre.
So there are deep and complex issues that we need to explore, ethical issues about what the role is for government in mandating people to have such a thing or, indeed, banning people from doing such a thing.
There are complex issues we need to work out.
We can’t be discriminatory against people who, for whatever reason, can’t have the vaccine – there might be medical reasons why people can’t have the vaccine, or some people may genuinely refuse to have one.
Now I think that’s a mistake, I think everybody should have a vaccine but we need to thrash all this out.”
A review is being conducted, but I doubt it will lead to anything substantial.
When it comes to international travel though, it seems likely that the opposite is true. The Prime Minister’s comments were unambiguous:
“When you look at the international side of things, international travel, there’s no question that’s where a lot of people, a lot of countries will be going.
They will be insisting on vaccine passports in the way that people used to insist on evidence that you’ve been inoculated against Yellow Fever or whatever.
So it’s going to come on the international stage whatever.”
There is a very high probability that in the months and years ahead, international travel will (usually) require some form of Covid vaccine certification. I will get my jab as soon as one is offered, so have no concerns about that at all from a personal perspective, but I wondered what readers thought.
In lockdown, it’s very difficult to ‘take the national temperature’ on these sort of issues. The last time I spoke to someone in a pub, or overheard a conversation on a train or bus, was about a year ago! So, please let me know what you think in the comments below…
Are you relaxed about the idea of a vaccine passport being required for foreign travel, or do you have concerns?